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  So, it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month again. I was 53 years old when I was diagnosed. I started treatment in October of 2013. The outpouring of national and local “pink ribbon” awareness positively overwhelmed me! The following year I was completing chemo and wanted to ignore every reminder of “pink”. In 2015, seeing

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Part 1 On September 16, 2013, I received the phone call no one would want. It started me on a journey no one would choose. It made me a member of a club no one would join. A calm, soothing voice delivered these core-shaking words, “you have cancer.”   Many other words followed. I didn’t really

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The Core Freestyle Land Wellness class held on Monday and Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at West offers an intensive advanced level workout focusing on building core strength, endurance and flexibility. Jen, the instructor, provided a warm, engaging environment for the 10 members attending on September 20th. As the regulars arrived, they grabbed a mat, a

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  Kim and her family relocated to Broome County three years ago. After extensive research of many communities, she and her husband decided Vestal was a great fit for their family. once they settled in, Kim got caught in difficult cycle. Her bad knees impaired her ability to exercise. The lack of exercise led to

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Prevention is better than cure! (Dutch Proverb) The National Council on Aging first designated the first day of Fall as Fall Awareness Day back in 2008. September 22, 2017 marks this year’s Fall Awareness Day. According to CDC (Center of Disease Control), one-fourth of all Americans 65 years and older will experience a fall each

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The Monday Night YMCA Recreational Sand Volleyball League held play-offs on Monday, August 14 in Otsiningo Park. The 16 teams were narrowed to a seeding of 6. Each team required 2 males and 2 females on their roster. The 6 Lost Doggers and 6 Airborners won their team a place in the championship match of

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Goodbye August; hello September! Just after Labor Day students across Broome County will trade their summer flipflops and sun-faded tee-shirts for brand new backpacks and outfits. YMCA member and retired school psychologist, Maggie Nugent, offered some simple thoughts before the yellow buses arrive. Her observations and wisdom gained over 25 years presents practical ideas to

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With a smile that could brighten the dreariest day in Broome County, Sandy repeated again and again, “Thank you God” as she retold her story. She began with an event she faced exactly a year ago: On July 17, 2016, Sandy said she suffered massive trauma in an auto accident. Then she thanked God her

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Len, a YMCA of Broome County lap swimmer, hit his 6,000 mile on May 17, 2017 at the Binghamton pool. To put the distance in perspective, one of the southern most points of South America; Comodoro, Argentina is 6,106.72 miles from Binghamton, as the crow flies. Likewise, traveling east, Jerusalem, Israel is 5,723.11 miles. Len

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We’re encouraged, “to stop and smell the roses!” Everyone living in Broome County can also add “Relax and read the rocks,” while checking out the flowers. Broome County is “Rocking!” Artists under the age of 5 to over the age 85 are decorating rocks and placing them at entrances to businesses, in flower beds and

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